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M.Ed. Tamatha Rabb Andrews

IO-5520 Comparative Literature

11 November 2013

Lysistrata and Medea:

A Comparative Feminist Analysis

Arab Human Development Report documents that the region has some of the highest rates of illiteracy, and the lowest rate of female labor force participation, in the world. Women in the region encounter serious of basic health care, educational access and income poverty, as well as suffering from exposure to violence, limited legal rights and lack of access to justice. These conditions are compounded by problems of social exclusion, the curtailment of fundamental freedoms, and lack of democracy.1 This is just one of many examples of today’s patriarchal society; one that is similar to the social context portrayed in the plays Lysistrata by Aristophanes, originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BCE and Medea by Euripides, and first produced in 431 BC. There is a gender issue that affects women as independent individuals; this fact is manifested in these literary pieces and it could be examined by means of a feminist approach. Within this approach the gender issue relies on the premise that everybody lives in a patriarchal society in which women are marginalized and oppressed. The main characters of these of both Lysistrata and Medea are representative of the feminist movement, since they disrupt the male parameter found in the setting in their way to seek for autonomy. While both Lysistrata and Medea are similar in terms of women's actions towards a patriarchal society, they differ in regards to selfhood within each of the primary characters.

1 Norris, Pippa. "Perhaps petroleum perpetuates patriarchy?" Harvard University. 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2013.

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